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to talk about gun control. >> exactly. countrying melvin has an update on what is happening in connecticut as we await the news conference from law enforcement and hospital officials. craig. >> hey there, andrea. just -- i heard the conversation briefly. i do want to update the numbers right now. this is, again, according to nbc news.com. at this point 4 killed, 24 killed in that school shooting including 17 children. again, as you just indicated, those numbers are expected to change, but, again, at this point, 24 killed. 17 of them are children. we are awaiting a news conference as well. there are numerous injuries as well as you might imagine. this is newtown, connecticut, for folks who are not familiar. this town is roughly about 27,000, 28,000 folks who live there. i live roughly 15, 20 minutes away from newtown, connecticut. it's a very small town, and this is one of those stories that affects you in a very personal -- even if you don't have children, for instance, one of our directors who works here at msnbc, i just saw him before i came out here. he was rushing home. he has a daught
in newtown, connecticut. a search warrant is being conducted in hoboken, new jersey. that's where he lived. we know that shortly after 9:30 this morning, walked in to the mother's kindergarten classroom and opened fire. he killed her an he also killed at least 18 children. that's the latest. we'll continue right now. "the cycle" will pick things up from here. >>> 3:00 here in new york. five hours and 90 miles from the mass shooting. we have been following it for you throughout the day ones ms. speaking of newtown, population 27,000, reeling this afternoon along with a stunned nation, after a gunman opened fire just after the start of class this morning. federal sources say he was 24 years old with two guns and shot dead. the suspect reportedly from hoboken made the hour or so trip up north to sanly hook elementary school where his mother taught kindergarten. we're hearing that victims were found inside the kindergarten classroom and inside the principal's office. new jersey governor chris christie expected to speak momentarily about the suspect. connecticut's governor up live this hour, a
. these connecticut parents had dropped off their kids for a typical friday at school. then about 9:30 in the morning, they received robo calls and text messages. sandy hook elementary school was put on alert. >> i just got a message saying -- from the superintendent that there was -- there was an unconfirmed shooting and, you know, everybody is in lock down. >> i was a little scared. i felt sick to my stomach. >> reporter: a gunman was firing away as teachers went into lockdown and parents rushed to the scene. >> i heard screaming. and so we -- we went -- like we went to the wall and we sat down and then police came in. it's like is he in here? then he ran out. then our teacher -- then somebody yelled get to a safe place. >> inside, children were hiding as a gunman fired away. >> they were cryin in the closet. in the closet of the art room. and eventually, they were leaving and when they were leaving, the police made them hold hands. the police told them to close their eyes. >> told to keep their eyes closed because a gunman was on a killing spree, killing the principal, a counselor, child after chi
now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. residents of newtown, connecticut, have begun holding the first of many kernels for the 27 victims killed in friday's shooting rampage at sandy hook elementary school. on monday, noah pozner and jack pinto, 06 years old, were laid to rest in small caskets. more funerals are slated today including two more 6-year-old victim's, james mattioli and jessica rekos. at the white house, president obama convened a meeting with top officials to discuss ways to respond to the newtown massacre, including potential proposals for gun control. pressed for details, white house press secretary jay carney reduced offer any specifics on how obama plans to address the nation's gun violence. >> is a complex problem that will require a complex solution. no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem. >> in the aftermath of the newtown massacre, a number of pro-and lawmakers are signaling a new willingness to soften opposition to restrictions on weapons. senator joe manchin of west virginia, a longtime advoc
in newtown, connecticut. anderson cooper 360 starts now. >> thanks very much and good evening. there is only one story tonight. you know what it is. we have new details to tell but and we won't pretend we understand it any better than after it happened. it is a horror beyond words. kids as young as 5 years old. sadly to the names columbine and jonesboro, we have to add newtown, connecticut to virginia tech add sandy hook elementary, the second deadliest school shooting ever. 20 little kids and seven adults and the shooter who took his own life. all in a close-knit quiet community 90 minutes from new york. we will give you the latest information, but what we will not do is repeat the shooter's name over and over again. we don't want history to remember this murderer. we want history to remember the victims, the teachers and the children, those whose lives have been unfairly taken. we have a teamworking on the tragedy and we have soledad o'brien on the scene. there vigils tonight. we will be checking in with her shortly. vigils to tell you about as the people come to grips with what happened.
bring a community together like this, guys being in connecticut now how close knit this is. and is an air especially new tourn, you expect this to happen. >> it's a small state. it's hard to say that i'd be this for giving and robbie, you hope never having to talk about his last words to his six-year-old daughter. >> she woke up before i left and i'd actually been teaching her pour geese before i left the last conversation was in portugese and she told me good morning, and asked how i was doing i said i was doing well. she said that she loved me and i gave her a kiss and i was out the door. >> alisyn: there obviously are 19 other victims, one of them is grace mcdonald, she was, i think, seven years old, possibly six all the victims were, and everybody talked how she looked like a little angel and a doll. piercing deep, deep blue eyes and beautiful blond hair and her family want today put out a statement saying we're overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from so many people. our daughter grace was the light and love of our family and words cannot express our loss
, breaking news. >> it is just coming across the wires here, from the connecticut state police, responding to reports of a shooting, we are told, at newton elementary school this morning. it's in the southwestern part of connecticut. that's according to a police spokesman, responding to reports of a shooting at newtown elementally school. there is a map right there. sandy hook. let me read more of what i'm getting here. according to one of our affiliates, the connecticut state police are responding to that shooting at newtown. excuse me. not newton. newtown. the shooting happened on dickinson. it's newtown. i said newton before but it's newtown. we don't know if there's any injuries but they are deploying units and cnn is sending crews and our affiliates are sending crews as well. they are en route to an elementary school in newtown. we are working our sources and our affiliates there in the area to try to figure out what is going on. as you know, law enforcement -- and we do here at cnn and all news organizations take it very seriously any time there are reports of a gun or shots fired at
's chris januarying is live for news newtown. chris, i know we just heard there from the connecticut state police but let's talk about what's happening around you today o. >> reporter: think the significant thing we heard from lieutenant vance a few minutes ago was confirming that that part of the investigation is over and some of the bodies have begun to be released to the families. i have talked to many of the religious leaders in this community. of course, they have spent the last 48 hours or so trying to console their congregations and now many of them are planning for funerals. at least eight of them at the local catholic church, one at the local synagogue. we are beginning to hear from the families of the victim -- victims as well. 6-year-old emelie parker's dad held a small news conference last night and robbie parker talked about his daughter. here's what he said. >> we find comfort, reflecting on the incredible person that emelie was and how many lives she was able to touch in her short time here on earth. emelie was bright, creative and very loving. emilie was always willing to t
out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gun control laws. as you might remember, he promised those changes on sunday at a heart wrenching vigil for the school shooting victims in connecticut. this morning mr. obama will announce that vice president joe biden will lead the effort to form new policies and rein in gun violence. this morning's briefing comes as newtown prepares to bury several students and a beloved teacher. vicki soto used her body to shield students from the gunman. the national rifle association finally breaks its silence. the nra promising to take part in a gun control debate it has scheduled a friday announcement. more on that in a minute. first to the white house and cnn's dan lothian. >> reporter: white house aides say this will be a chance for the president to talk more about the process of setting up this effort which, as you pointed out,
are not alone. >> america mourns a national tragedy, as investigators at a connecticut community search for answers. >> the second deadliest school shooting in united states history. >> this not just heartbreaking. they're not just names. it's not a list. they're little kids. >> the heartbreaking good-byes begin today with the first funerals. >> the shooter has been positively identified as adam lanza. his death has been ruled a suicide. >> police are still investigating a motive for the massacre. >> i don't think anything is worse than what happened in this school. >> what happened there is a nightmare. >> to pick on 6 and 7-year-olds, it's beyond horrific. >> i had to break it to all the folks who were assembled at the firehouse that their children or their loved ones were not coming home. that's an exercise that i will live with for the most of my life. >> house speaker john boehner is now willing to consider a tax increase for those making more than $1 million a year. >> the nfl took a moment to reflect. teams and players paid tribute to those affected by the scho
of connecticut going -- the great state of connecticut going through a difficult time. >> thank you. let me first thank you for your leadership going back to 1993 and before when i was speaking to advocate in the state of connecticut a similar law to the one adopted here banning assault weapons. this has been a heroin, terrific week in the state of connecticut, culminating in today's moment of silence at 9:30. the end of the week and i spent the better part of the time meeting with first responders, families, going to funerals and wakes and speaking with ordinary people of newtown and the state of connecticut. the refrain i have heard over and over again from newtown and connecticut and all the run the country is you need to do something about the guns. the nra statement today is sadly and shamefully inadequate, calling for more guns and rejecting real action against gun violence. at a defining a historic moment for our nation demanding courageous leadership, the nra has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner. the proposal for more armed guards in schools may be helpful i
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the protest. they say the school shooting in connecticut should help force a national discussion on gun laws. >>> and in 90 minutes, david gregory will have a discussion with wayne lapierre. he said the country needs more guns and called for armed security officers in every school in america. and david gregory says the nra is used to facing criticism and in the past emerged unscathed. >> we have seen this kind of popular outrage, if you will, after these massacres and then nothing actually comes of it. the political decision will be the president's in terms of how hard he wants to drive this. >> wayne lapierre will sit down with david gregory. you can catch it here on nbc 4. >>> and president obama and the first lady will join others in saying good-bye to the senator. he fought in world war ii and was awarded the medal. he became the first japanese to become elected to the senate, and he was 88 years old. it will be a short holiday trip for the president, and he will return to washington after christmas to deal with the dooming fiscal cliff. president obama said the break is good for lawmake
, connecticut, speaking to the community hit by friday's elementary school shootings. it's monday, december 17, 2012. the president offered words of solidarity and state and pledged to use the power of the presidency and to prevent future killings. some are asking whether that is an indication on whether he will push for stronger gun control laws. question for you is and should u.s. gun laws change? here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet or join the conversation on facebook, or send us an e-mail. our question for you is whether u.s. gun laws should change? here's the headline in "usa today" -- jumping down into the story, it says -- others are exploring the question of gun laws. we will hear some comments from members of congress this morning. congressional democrats are vowing to push for stricter gun control laws. several democratic lawmakers called yesterday for a new push for gun restrictions, including a ban on military-style assault weapons in the wake of the connecticut massacre. democratic senator dianne feinstein is the author of an assault weapon
because it's intensifying following the connecticut school shooting massacre. the nra's president wayne lapierre went on nbc's "meet the press" this weekend saying call him crazy for wanting to put armed security officers in schools. he doesn't mind. nra president david kean told cbs' "face the nation," a ban on assault weapons won't stop mass killings. >> we debated this before. we had a so-called assault weapons ban for ten years. we had what senator feinstein is suggesting. it was allowed to expire. the fbi, the justice department, and others who studied it said it made no difference. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> despite the national rifle association's opposition to any new gun laws, president obama insists an action is not an option when it comes to protecting children. while democrats and republicans are upset over the massacre in newtown, the country remains polarized on the issue of gun control. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is in washington. we know that some law
. >>> now to newtown, connecticut, where more funerals will be held today for victims of friday's school massacre. elaine quijano is in newtown. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie and norah. the search for comfort here means more funerals will take place today. it also means a slow return to things that once seemed routine. this simple act of going to school is no longer simple here. on the first day back after the shooting, it's become more of a ritual. mike morshuk planned to meet his 16-year-old daughter after class. >> i'll be waiting outside the car and hopefully a few friends will come over, give them a big hug and a kiss, you know. >> reporter: for students at sandy hook elementary classes won't resume until january. in an empty school being renovated nearby. their own building is still an active crime scene and may never be reopened. tuesday morning funerals were held for 6-year-old james mattioli who loved cuddling with his mom at the end of the day. and jessica rekos, who so loved horses. she had just asked santa for a new cowgirl hat. today there will be s
, connecticut, that took the lives of 20 children and six staff members, funerals for the victims continue. on tuesday, two more students killed in the attack were laid to rest -- jessica rekos and james mattioli. both were just six years old. president obama is expected to announce today that vice president joe biden will head a new interagency task force to come up with the policies to address gun violence. but the white house says obama will not announce any major policy decisions on guns today. the debate launched by the massacre over gun control legislation continues to unfold. in its first official statement since friday's attack, the national rifle association said tuesday that it would "shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the murders" and that it is "prepared offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." the group reactivated its facebook account, which it had shut down after the shooting, and announced a press conference for friday. >> for more we're form a democratic congress member carol mccarthy of new york. her husband was killed and her son seve
and the survivors in the newtown, connecticut, community. the sadness so many feel stretches far and wide and it's magnified because of the children's ages. how do we, as a nation, deal with this? >> christmas will never be the same again for those families or that community. those mothers and fathers and grandparents will live with that tragedy for the rest of their lives. i think they eventually -- eventually it will slip from the nation's memory and we will talk about it along the way but eventually as the years come and go it will be a passing memory. it will always be present in the lives of those persons who had to experience it. the christian faith, perhaps, is the one thing that those families can use to help them live through christmas for the rest of their lives and to take day in and day out with the message of christmas that there is a christ who loves us and cares for us and can console us. i think it will be the one thing that will make the difference in their eyes. >> reverend, is that enough? >> i think that this year opportunity we have is to try to figure out as faith communiti
marks the two week mark since the shooting tragedy in connecticut. many gun enthusiasts say they worry that new gun control laws could be passed and as a result, gun sales are now booming. >> with all the political issues and all that i think there is more people that weren't interested in guns before and they are now. >> meantime a small group of people gathered outside of a gun store in district heights, maryland. organizers say guns send too many young people to their graves or prison. the organizers say they may hold a protest at a later time. >>> another big story tonight, over the past two decades more than 60,000 russian children have been adopted into american families, but that could change in a big way based on the latest move by the russian government. fox's amy kellogg has that story. ory. >> reporter: russian president vladimir putin signs a law banning adoptions by americans. it is named after a russian toddler who died after being left in a hot car in virginia by his adoptive parents. >> of translator: as far as i know from the opinion polls, the vast majority of russi
in connecticut is outrageous and horrible. all of us are just very saddened. >> see the rest of this sequence -- segment at c-span.org. >> io am davejkeane president of the national rifle association and i would like to welcome you to begin our discussion of the topic that has been on the minds of american parents across this country. that is -- what do we do about the tragedy of the sort that struck in newtown, conn. to avoid such events in the future? like most americans, we were shocked by what happened. like all americans, we have been discussing all of the various options that are available to protect our children and, at this point, we would like to share our thinking with few. that purpose, i like to introduce wayne lapierre our executive vice president. at the end of this conference, we will not be taking questions that next week, we will be available to any of you who are interested in talking about these or other issues of interest. contact us, please, at that point, thank you very much. wayne? >> good morning. the national rifle association, 4 million others -- mothers, fathers, so
in montgomery county, a live look at connecticut avenue in both directions, no problems at all. inner loop, outer loop, pretty clear. outer loop, ten minutes to get from i-95 to i-270, much better than yesterday's pineapple situation. i'm back in ten minutes. eun, over to you. >> that is an improvement. >>> 6:02 now. breaking news. so far only a handful of injuries reported after a 7.3 earthquake shook northeast japan this morning. this is video from the city of sendai. just moments ago authorities lifted the tsunami warning. this all happened in the same place hit hard but a 9.0 quake in march of 2011. so far no reports of any damage. >>> the owner of a bangladesh clothing company where 112 people were killed in a fire last month lost its fire safety certification in june. the owner told the associated press he was only authorized to build a three-story facility. he illegally expanded it to eight stories and was adding a ninth floor at the time of the fire. despite the violation, the factory produced clothes for disney, walmart, and esears. >>> the time is 6:02. we're waiting for the labo
york city, for instance. >> dave: new jersey, connecticut. >> clayton: you're not living the dream. >> juliet: it's sort of subjective. well, actually not subjective you can look exactly at what people live here for 250 or people in san francisco, another expensive city, it doesn't go that long, didn't go that far. >> dave: the bottom line, it appears they've moved the goal post and it may be around the $400,000 mark and that may be the new 250 if you will. may be where ne get the deal done. and upwards towards the 500 mark, but here are two congressmen on perhaps moving this up. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be about right, that represents about the top 1% of the income earners, the people who got 93% of the income growth our last year and that seems to be enough, but i think there's some flexibility there. >> it's about making sure that we can live within our means and address the real problem and that's spending. i kind of feel like i'm a lifeguard and we've got to save as many people from drowning in higher taxes as we can. >> clayton: that seems to be the new threshold
morning. are you with us? last chance. we will move on to doreen in connecticut. caller: i'm a small business owner. host: what kind of business? caller: i do alterations. in the evening return our business into a zumba class for ladies. my daughter and i seem to be doing pretty good. the ladies we hire as seamstresses are independent contractors. these are skills they got from their parents who taught them how to sew. we just went and put out advertising saying we needed seamstresses and we got six good seamstresses. we pay them enough that they can get their own health-insurance and they seem to be doing pretty well. i don't think that giving people the assistance in helping to further their endeavors is a bad thing. i think people who tried to stop people from making it further, they are just being selfish, because you can help individuals if they have skills. they don't have to have a college education to have certain skills. you can use those skills to your advantage and still help them along the way. they can get thrown help insurance. small businesses really are not hurting in
billion in disaster relief for his state as well as new york and connecticut. >>> right now in montgomery county police need your help finding a missing man who possibly spent the night in the cold. he's 34-year-old eric olson, and he's from the derwood area. his family says he takes medication but didn't have it with him. olson was outside his home on deer lake road. he had on a blue winter coat and dark blue sweat pants. if you've seen this man, you're asked to contact montgomery county police. >>> a crime alert. police believe two women are responsible for a string of burglaries in the ivory tower dorm. if each case, women left their doors open. the women came in and walked away with lap tops. police warn students to lock their dorm room doors when they leave and consider keeping it locked when they're in the room as well. >>> gaithersburg is worried that wild animals will strike again. wild dogs or possibly coyotes killed sheep on their farm. if wild animals attack sheep, a person could also be in danger. >> we have so many kids in the surrounding area, and they all play outside. thes
$88$83 billion in zafltzaflt disaster aid for his state and new york and connecticut. >>> tonight dozens of couples are officially to tie the knot in maryland. governor martin o'malley signed the referendum on same-sex marriage into law. this was the first day gay and lesbian couples could pick up marriage licenses in the state. >> we're so excited that on our 30th anniversary we will be married. and how does it change our life? it just unites us completely. we always felt we were married, but now it's legal! >> same-sex marriages won't actually be legal until january 1st. last month maryland, maine and washington became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. >>> recreational use of marijuana is legal if washington state, taking effect today. adults are allowed to carry up to an ounce of the drug but stores will not be licensed to sell marijuana for recreational use for another year. colorado passed similar legislation which takes effect next month. both measures are in direct conflict with federal laws which prohibit marijuana use in any state. >>> little
moved up by the tragedy in connecticut. >> i always thought they should have something like it anyway. regardless of what happens, too bad we wait for something like that to happen to decide to get rid of the pistols and the guns and rifles. >> too many people get killed with guns, small guns, rifles, handguns or any kind of gun. i am here to help get rid of the guns i have. >> an york papers drawn controversy for publishing a list of the names and addresses of every single registered gun permit holder in its readership area. westchester county's "the journal news" ran the feature in the aftermath of the newtown school massacre, calling it a public service to inform the public of who may own guns in their community. the map is filled with thousands of dots that to be clicked to display a permit holder's name and address. its publication has set off a debate on privacy of public safety in a country where guns are rampant and legal. an nbc news anchor is under investigation in washington, d.c. after dispelling an ammunition magazine on a weekly show "meet the press." nbc news host david
the newtown, connecticut school shooting two weeks ago. while some call for stricter laws others are arming up to line themselves concerned their guns could be taken -- to arm themselves concerned their guns could be taken a way. >> reporter: you think some people like their guns? look at this. the line to get into this weekend's gun show hundreds and hundreds waiting two hours before the doors opened at 3:00 this afternoon. >> with all the political issues and all that i think there is more people that weren't interested in guns before and they are now. >> reporter: with talk of new gun control legislation in response to the shootings at sandy hook elementary school a crackdown that gun enthusiasts say wouldn't work. >> no lawful gun owner would even think about doing something like that. >> reporter: inside the dulles expo center there are guns, ammunition and more guns, even machine guns for sale. >> there's a very active shooting markup on machine guns where people will get together and actually shoot machine guns all day long. >> reporter: in two national polls taken since the newtown
lawmakers for an additional $83 billion in his state as well as new york and connecticut. today we'll learn the fate of a tour bus driver for a crash that killed 15 passengers. the jury will announce a verdict for williams today, who's accused of running a bus off the road and striking a pole in new york city in 2011. he's pled not guilty to manslaughter, claiming a tractor-trailer cut him off. prosecutors say he was tired and may have fallen asleep. if convicted, he faces 15 years in jail. >>> the parade float driver involved in the train accident that killed four people will not be charged. the float was hit by a freight train. four veterans of iraq and afghanistan were killed, and 16 more people were hurt. >>> an eye opener for men. in news 4 for your health, a new study finds that men are not only more likely to be diagnosed from cancer but are more likely to die from it. a study out of cornell medical college found of top ten can certifies, men have the higher rate of death in seven out of ten. only bladder cancer kills more women than men. higher rates of smoking and drinking may cont
got more than he bargained for in connecticut. surveillance video shows him holding up a rite-aid over the weekend. as he walked around to the register, the clerk throws him to the ground, other customers and the pharmacist realized what was going on and they jumped in to help. they all managed to hold the suspect down until police got there. police say the man had a box cutter. one woman wound up with a cut on her leg, but there were no other serious injuries. >>> the woman listed as the world's oldest person died outside atlanta. betsy cooper was 116. her family says she had been sick recently. but she felt better monday. even had her hair done and watched a movie. yesterday she had trouble breathing, and passed away. guinness certified cooper the world's oldest person last year. in case you're wondering, that title now belongs to dina manfer dini, who lives in iowa. she just celebrated her 115th birthday. >>> coming up next, we are hearing from the parents of a young cancer patient taken from a hospital. police say the girl could be in danger. why her mother and dad said they are no
picture shows we still have lighter snow falling in new york city, northern new jersey, connecticut and into massachusetts. but that rain is kind of sweeping up into nas kaw county in long island and suffolk and it will come down heavy and hard. snowfall totals 3 to 5 inches across parts of pennsylvania with a little bit of more intensity more towards the center of the state. let's zoom into massachusetts, 4 to 8 inches. expect some higher amounts in this region here towards areas of -- sections of connecticut and into much of rhode island. snow across the entire state. and then you see the winter storm warnings extend to coastal maine. we could see up to a foot of snow into areas of coastal new hampshire and maine especially towards late tonight, early tomorrow. let's time it out for you. notice saturday night at 11:00, storm will be intense. we're expecting brutal winds for much of new england. you can see a little bit of mix in terms of precipitation for the cape and the islands. overall these areas you see in brighter white where we're expecting some of the more intense snowfall
times -- or warwick, arizona, fort hood and now in connecticut. in 2008 he pledged i think that the dnc that he would keep ak- 47's out of criminal and an advocate it reinstating the assault weapons ban. what does the president say to americans in communities like when he visited yesterday why nothing more has happened yet? >> the president's support for reinstatement of the assault weapons ban has been the case ever since it expired, and has been true for the past several years. the fact is, we have taken steps to include background checks, which those at the issue preventing those that should not have guns from acquiring them. but as you heard the president said last night, we all need to do more. we must change. we must take more action and a greater action to address this problem. because we have not adequately, it in his view, -- in his view, of taking care of our first priority, and this case, taking care of our children. he committed himself, as you heard him last night say, to use the power of his office to help us bring about the change. and he will do that in a way that is inc
we covered the biggest stories of the year. obviously, the tragic school shooting in connecticut is fresh on everybody's minds. what were your biggest stories of the year? >> it feels so obvious, but i think the presidential election has to be on the list. something that we all followed very, very closely. so much happened. the debates were obviously interesting, covering the convention. it happens once every four years. incredibly consequential. i think it says a lot about what presidential elections will look like. we learned a lot about the changing demographics of this country. >> exactly. looking forward to the inauguration coming up in the new year. i think for all of us, i think around here certainly we've covered superstorm sandy. this was such a tragic event. i mean, a storm like this has not been seen here in this -- for centuries. i think that, you know, obviously the devastating effects that it continues to have on so many areas from the rockaways to new york to connecticut and long island. i was up in the helicopter. seeing that devastation first hand, when you see t
.8 billion is still available but new york, new jersey an connecticut is appealing for more aid immediately. they are asking important another $8.3 billion for all the recovery. it killed 25 people in the u.s. and. >> nhl owners and players meeting late tuesday to help stalled labor talks. they meet wuitd two key figures. the commissioner and the director. 81 day long lock out has wiped out all games through the 14th. they plan to speak again in the morning ahead of the nhl's board of governors meetings. now back to greta. >> greta: how? a california teachers' union producing a video cartoon called tax the rich. >> over i'm ric time rich peopld they weren't rich enough so they came up with ways to get richer. the first way was with tax cuts. they say why should i care witht other non-rich people. i can hire people to work for me for less money than taxes cost. then i can keep the rest of my taxes for me. meanwhile, instead of investing in things most people would accuse and instead of providing jobs that paid people well like they used to, rich people found they could make more money on wal
california. first george bush, texas by a connecticut. bill clinton from arkansas, and the second bush from texas. so 2008 is in some ways a watershed election. it is this 40 year period of sun belt dominance. and there were issues that are critical in the politics that develop, that came out of the sun belt. they tended to have a conservative task to them. they tended to be oriented around history of strong national defense, of an opposition to unions and a defense of free enterprise politics. and also it's in the sun belt, in the south and southwest that we see the rise of what we see by the 1970s is becoming to talk about as the religious right, the rise of evangelical involved in the clinical process in new and important ways. so thurmond was at the forefront of all of those issues in his own politics. national defense, he was a staunch anti-communist. he played an important role in right wing anti-communist populist politics in the late '50s and early 1960s. it's one of the things that led him to switch parties in 1964. he was a key figure in opposing labor unions. he did so alongside
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